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New worm models offer insight into ALS degeneration

Brown researchers studying the degeneration of neurons in worm models with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis recently found that different types of neurons undergo different mechanisms of decay. Their paper focused on developing models to study how the SOD1 gene, which is associated with ALS, affects neurons ...


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Panel talks importance of trans-centered research

At an event hosted by the School of Public Health Wednesday night, Michelle Forcier, professor of pediatrics and associate dean of medicine at the Alpert Medical School, posed a pertinent question: “How many people in this room experience gender?” Everyone in the room raised their hands. “So wouldn’t ...


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Course explores intersection of art, medicine

As a practicing physician, Francois Luks, professor of surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology at the Alpert Medical School, regularly used drawings to illustrate complicated medical concepts to his patients. After noticing his talents, a medical student approached him and asked him to teach ...


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Opportunity Insights helps craft policy

It is well known that a person’s environment impacts them in many ways, but researchers have recently found that upward mobility is influenced not only by the city or region where a person grew up, but the exact neighborhood they called home. A team led in part by Professor of Economics John Friedman, ...


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Science & Research Roundup, Oct. 5

Laser scan reveals massive ancient Mayan civilization in Guatemala At first glance, it could be easy to dismiss a patch in the Guatemalan jungle as just trees and plants. But after extensive analysis of a region spanning more than 2,100 square kilometers, a team of researchers has discovered an expansive ...


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Students examine Russian disinformation campaign

Ethan Fecht ’20 and Jack Nassetta, a junior at the George Washington University, spent the summer analyzing over 850,000 tweets from Russia attempting to spread disinformation about Syria in the United States. This Russian strategy was launched through a number of fake Twitter accounts in an effort ...


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VP of Research grows office’s influence

In the year since Professor of Mathematics Jill Pipher was named vice president for research, her office has undergone a series of developments including the creation of the Office for Industry Engagement and Commercial Venturing, headed by Executive Director Daniel Behr. Pipher has also participated ...


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UTRA program to cover research costs

At the annual Summer Research Symposium in August, hundreds of students presented their work on topics from archeology to biomedical engineering, and roughly 85 percent of the presenters received Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards grants for their work. This year, the University introduced the ...


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Science & Research Roundup, Sept. 25

U. awarded grant to help expedite atom-level simulations Since atomic-level simulations are becoming more accurate and growing more complex, it takes more time for them to run their courses. Machine learning may be the key to speeding up these simulations by “magnitudes,” said Andrew Peterson, an ...


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Laboratory strives to develop vaccine against malaria

Jonathan Kurtis ’89 PhD’95 MD’96, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, did not first develop an interest in malaria behind a lab bench or as a training physician in a clinical setting. Instead, Kurtis’ bout with the disease during his junior year abroad in Kenya gave him a first-hand ...


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Science & Research Roundup, Sept. 19

U. professor elected to board of American Physical Society The American Physical Society has elected Professor of Physics S. James Gates to its presidential line, according to a University press release. The APS — a nonprofit organization representing over 55,000 physicists around the world — aims ...


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FeldmanHall Lab demystifies human behavior

Altruism, empathy and morality are typically thought of as abstract ideals, but Oriel FeldmanHall, assistant professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences, breaks these topics down scientifically. In an effort to better understand human behavior, her lab studies concepts at the intersection ...


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Hyundai, University tackle research challenge

On Sept. 10, the submissions portal for the Hyundai Visionary Challenge opened exclusively to University students, alums and teaching faculty members. The competition centers around three main themes: biology-inspired mobility, digital phenotyping and human-machine partnerships, according to the HVC ...





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